Portuguese Background

Currently spoken by 260 million people mainly in Portugal and Latin America, Portuguese is the sixth-most-spoken language in the world and the third-most-spoken European language. Originally from the medieval Kingdom of Galicia, it evolved from various dialects of Vulgar Latin and was taken to America via Portuguese colonization. Officially spoken in 9 countries and called “the sweet and gracious language”, Portuguese is the language of a hot-blooded culture, famous for Vasco da Gama and Paulo Coelho, Madeira wine and Caipirinha, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as well as sandy beaches and Amazon rainforests. As a part of Indo-European language family, Portuguese is a Romance language and uses the Latin script. Parents all over the world choose from Portuguese baby names for their royal ancestry, regional diversity, profound etymology and melodic pronunciation.